A Bomber In The Briny Deep

Who knows what treasures lie deep beneath the ocean waves?  It seems like every week or so salvage operations are hauling up another interesting relics from the past.

The latest is a German bomber that was shot down during the heaviest days of the Battle of Britain, when waves of Nazi planes crossed the English Channel in hopes of bombing the British into submission.  They failed, and in the process enormous numbers of Nazi planes were shot down.

This particular plane, a Dornier Do-17, was shot down over the English Channel.  Rather than falling apart on impact with the water, it came to rest, largely intact, on a chalk bed, 50 feet under the Channel’s surface.  Divers saw it in 2008, and planning to raise the wreck and rebuild the bomber have been underway since then.  The salvage operation is reported to be a success, with most of the aircraft corroded but recognizable.  Experts estimate it will take two years to reconstruct the aircraft so that it can be displayed.

Approximately 71 percent of the Earth’s surface lies under the ocean waves.  What other prizes — Roman triremes, Phoenicians ships, schooners, warships, barges, ocean liners, flooded cities, and fallen aircraft — lie on the ocean floor, waiting to be discovered and yield their secrets about the past?